30 Triangle Must-Dos in 30 Days This Fall
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30 Triangle Must-Dos in 30 Days This Fall

Sunday, Sep 10 2017

Whether you're brand new to the Triangle or you've been here for ages, there are certain things around town that you just shouldn't miss. We've rounded up a list of 30 fall must-do experiences to give you a taste of all the Triangle has to offer in just 30 days. What are you waiting for? Get out there and start exploring!

30 Must-Dos

Try Beasley's Famous Chicken & Waffles at Beasley's Chicken and Honey

Try Beasley's Famous Chicken & Waffles

Fall is the perfect time to warm your belly with the famous chicken and waffles at Beasley's. Don't be ashamed if you eat the whole thing.

Try Beasley's Famous Chicken & Waffles
$   .  Beasley's Chicken and Honey   .  Raleigh
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Cheer for the North Carolina FC at WakeMed Soccer Park
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Cheer for the North Carolina FC

Soccer—one of the most popular sports in the Triangle! Get your own local fix of the worldwide craze with the North Carolina FC at Wake Med Soccer Park.

Cheer for the North Carolina FC
-   .  WakeMed Soccer Park   .  Cary
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Reconnect With Nature at Falls Lake at Falls Lake State Recreation Area
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Reconnect With Nature at Falls Lake

Falls Lake is a nature lovers dream located in North Raleigh. There are five swim beaches in the recreation area as well as boating ramps, picnic shelters, camp sites, mountain biking trails and more!

Reconnect With Nature at Falls Lake
Free   .  Falls Lake State Recreation Area   .  Wake Forest
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Local Escape: Bask in the Glory of the Eno at Eno River State Park
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Local Escape: Bask in the Glory of the Eno +417 fire icon

Minutes from Durham and Chapel Hill, the Eno River State Park offers secluded wilderness trails with the serenity and sounds of the river. Before it gets cold, take a break from civilization and march into the wild.

Local Escape: Bask in the Glory of the Eno
Free   .  Eno River State Park   .  Durham
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Wander the Wilderness at William B. Umstead State Park at William B. Umstead State Park
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Gaze at Fall Flora and Fauna at William B. Umstead State Park

Tucked away behind the RDU airport is a beautiful park where you can spend hours getting lost in nature. Explore over five-thousand and a half acres via the extensive network of hiking and multi-use trails.

Wander the Wilderness at William B. Umstead State Park
Free   .  William B. Umstead State Park   .  Raleigh
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Find Cash-Only Carolina BBQ in DTR at Clyde Cooper's Barbeque
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Find Cash-Only Carolina BBQ in DTR

This gem in downtown Raleigh has been cookin' up Carolina-style BBQ since 1938. Pull up a chair for a classic, no-frills meal. Cash only!

Find Cash-Only Carolina BBQ in DTR
$   .  Clyde Cooper's Barbeque   .  Raleigh
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Watch 'Em Shuck at 42nd Street Oyster Bar at 42nd Street Oyster Bar
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Watch 'Em Shuck at 42nd Street Oyster Bar

September's chilly weather kicks off oyster season and 42nd Street, a casual raw bar and seafood restaurant has a long history of serving up the best in town. Originally a grocery selling oysters and draft beer, it now offers a delectable menu and live music.

Watch 'Em Shuck at 42nd Street Oyster Bar
$$   .  42nd Street Oyster Bar   .  Raleigh
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Savor Authentic BBQ and More at The Pit at The Pit
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Savor BBQ at The Pit Authentic BBQ Durham

Durham's Pit offers delicious whole hog BBQ with a view—grab a seat and grub out on the patio before it gets chilly!

Savor Authentic BBQ and More at The Pit
$$   .  The Pit   .  Durham
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Grab a Bite Off the Belt at Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express at Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express
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Grab Dinner Off the Belt at Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express

Get ready to have your concept of sushi rocked. Not only is everything at Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express all-you-can-eat, but it's all delivered to you via rotating conveyor belt.

Grab a Bite Off the Belt at Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express
$$   .  Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express   .  Durham
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Visit the NC State Fair at North Carolina State Fairgrounds
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Celebrate the NC State Fair's 150th Year +996 fire icon

Eat something deep fried and ride the ferris wheel! The NC State Fair is bringing hometown lovin' to Raleigh.

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Visit the NC State Fair
$   .  North Carolina State Fairgrounds   .  Raleigh
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See Your Favorite Show at DPAC at Durham Performing Arts Center
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See Your Favorite Show at DPAC

One of the best performing arts venues anywhere, DPAC is the Triangle’s award-winning home of superstar entertainment!

See Your Favorite Show at DPAC
-   .  Durham Performing Arts Center   .  Durham
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Enjoy Crisp Sips at Durham's Only Cidery at Bull City Ciderworks
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Enjoy Crisp Sips at Durham's Only Cidery

Handcrafted hard cider—is there really any drink that goes better with a crisp fall day (or any day)? Bull City Cidery is taking fermented apples to the next level. Beer, ya better watch out.

Enjoy Crisp Sips at Durham's Only Cidery
$   .  Bull City Ciderworks   .  Durham
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Grab a Pint at Brüeprint in Apex at Brüeprint Brewing Company
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Grab a Pint at Brüeprint in Apex

Apex's very first brewery offers a delicious selection of craft brews—four evergreens and rotating seasonals.

Grab a Pint at Brüeprint in Apex
$   .  Brüeprint Brewing Company   .  Apex
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Past Experiences

Explore Durham's Murals by Bike at Durham Central Park
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Explore Durham's Murals by Bike

Explore Durham's beautiful murals on two wheels! Preservation Durham hosts monthly bike rides through town while visiting unique works of street art.

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Explore Durham's Murals by Bike
Free   .  Durham Central Park   .  Durham
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See the World's Largest Outdoor Photo Exhibit at 101 City Hall Plaza
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See the World's Largest Outdoor Photo Exhibit

Durham, along with six other cities, was lucky enough to be picked to be part of the world's largest photo exhibition series. Cheer on local photographers at this massive traveling installation.

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See the World's Largest Outdoor Photo Exhibit
Free   .  101 City Hall Plaza   .  Durham
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Watch the Carolina Hurricanes at PNC Arena

Watch the Carolina Hurricanes

Come watch the Hurricanes blow away their opponents, where icing means more than just a cupcake topping.

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Watch the Carolina Hurricanes
$   .  PNC Arena   .  Raleigh
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Trek Up the Lake Johnson Park West Loop with Hike NC at Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center at Lake Johnson Park
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Trek Up the Lake Johnson Park West Loop with Hike NC

Nature is calling! Bring friends, fam or your dog along for a free, guided hike along the West Loop of Lake Johnson Park. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, rare plants and of course, amazing views!

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Trek Up the Lake Johnson Park West Loop with Hike NC
Free   .  Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center at Lake Johnson Park   .  Raleigh
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Shop Local at the Durham Farmers' Market at The Durham Farmers' Market
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Taste Fall Flavors at the Durham Farmers' Market

Savor local flavor, celebrate the seasons and support local farmers at the Durham Farmers' Market. Join the locavore revolution!

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Shop Local at the Durham Farmers' Market
$   .  The Durham Farmers' Market   .  Durham
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Celebrate World Cultures at the East Meets West Festival at Morrisville Town Hall

Celebrate World Cultures at the East Meets West Festival

The East Meets West Festival celebrates Morrisville, Wake County's most diverse community, with a day of food, culture, and music from around the world.

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Celebrate World Cultures at the East Meets West Festival
Free   .  Morrisville Town Hall   .  Morrisville
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Get Down at Triangle Oktoberfest at Koka Booth Amphitheatre
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Get Down at Triangle Oktoberfest

Head over to Koka Booth on October 6-7 for an authentic Bavarian experience featuring plenty of brews, fare, live music and more.

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Get Down at Triangle Oktoberfest
$15+   .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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A Craft Beer Adventure: World Beer Festival at Durham Bulls Athletic Park
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Go on a Craft Beer Adventure at World Beer Festival

Every fall thousands of people descend on the Durham Bulls Athletic Park to taste over 200 beers with food pairings from local chefs, live music, and plenty of people-watching.

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A Craft Beer Adventure: World Beer Festival
$25+   .  Durham Bulls Athletic Park   .  Durham
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Dance & Drink with BCBB for Octoberfest at Bull City Burger and Brewery
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Dance & Drink with BCBB for Octoberfest

Get your liederhosen ready because BCCB is shutting down Parrish St. for a thoroughly Durham Octoberfest celebration complete with burgers, live music, street dancin' and, you guessed it, beer!

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Dance & Drink with BCBB for Octoberfest
Free   .  Bull City Burger and Brewery   .  Durham
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Explore the Globe at the International Festival at Raleigh Convention Center
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Explore the Globe at the International Festival

The International Festival brings over 60 nations from around the world to the Convention Center for a weekend of entertainment, exploration, inspiration and, of course, some eating and drinking.

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Explore the Globe at the International Festival
$6+   .  Raleigh Convention Center   .  Raleigh
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Get Spicy at the 10th Annual Pepperfest at Margaret B. Pollard Middle School
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Spice It Up at Pepperfest

It's about to get hot! Abundance NC's annual Pepper Festival returns to Chapel Hill for an afternoon of pepper-everything, from snacks to brews to eco-fashion and more.

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Get Spicy at the 10th Annual Pepperfest
$25   .  Margaret B. Pollard Middle School   .  Chapel Hill
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Go on a Haunted Tour of Durham at Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom
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Go on a Haunted Tour of Durham

Go on a haunted tour of Downtown Durham and combine it with a pub crawl—sip, get spooked and have fun.

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Go on a Haunted Tour of Durham
$19   .  Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom   .  Durham
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Eat Up at the Durham Food Truck Rodeo at Durham Central Park
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Eat Up at the Food Truck Rodeo

Enjoy live entertainment, view arts and crafts, and chow down at over 40 food trucks! Come hungry to Durham Central Park's Food Truck Extravaganza, you'll surely leave happy!

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Eat Up at the Durham Food Truck Rodeo
Free   .  Durham Central Park   .  Durham
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Tap Your Feet to Bluegrass Tunes at Pickin’ in the Pines at Koka Booth Amphitheatre
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Tap Your Feet to Bluegrass Tunes at Pickin’ in the Pines

Pack up a picnic and join fellow bluegrass music lovers on the Crescent Deck at Cary's Booth Amphitheatre for a fun mid-week outdoor concert with friends. Pups are welcome as well!

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Tap Your Feet to Bluegrass Tunes at Pickin’ in the Pines
$5   .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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Shimmy in Downtown at Wide Open Bluegrass at Red Hat Amphitheater
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Shimmy in Downtown at Wide Open Bluegrass

Wide Open Bluegrass brings some of the greatest bluegrass in the world onto stages in downtown Raleigh. Catch the madness and the artists shaping bluegrass history on September 30 and October 1.

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Shimmy in Downtown at Wide Open Bluegrass
$30+   .  Red Hat Amphitheater   .  Raleigh
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Join NCMA's Free Community Celebration: Threads of Africa at North Carolina Museum of Art
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Join NCMA's Free Community Celebration: Threads of Africa

Head to NCMA for a FREE daylong celebration of African art, nature and culture. The NCMA park will come alive with music, dance, drum-making workshops, food, African cultural activities and more!

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Join NCMA's Free Community Celebration: Threads of Africa
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Enjoy Friday Evenings at Honeygirl Meadery This Fall at Honeygirl Meadery

Enjoy Friday Evenings at Honeygirl Meadery This Fall

Don't be sad when summer is over because Honeygirl is opening for Fall Fridays! Spend Friday evenings unwinding with a glass of mead and some fun activities like tastings, pop-up markets and movies.

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Enjoy Friday Evenings at Honeygirl Meadery This Fall
$   .  Honeygirl Meadery   .  Durham
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